An advocate sees a pattern of abusive bosses

Sharing information from the “Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill.
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of the bill into law. A great blog to follow. Bullying in the workplace is real.

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Sara worked in the fashion industry for nine years. She just quit her job and started working for herself. “I feel a lot happier,” said Sara. Here’s her workplace bullying story, in her words:
It all started with this guy who hired me out of college. He was a big man with a heavy Irish accent. At first he was charming and patient. Then as the year went by, he had another agenda. He would rub my shoulders and try to touch me every chance he could get when I was alone.
Then there was several times he ran at me when I was in the elevator. He tried to grope me, and I was able to escape his grasp by closing the elevator. Several times, he tried to buy me lunch and dinner and showered me with gifts from Bergdorf Goodman — usually short…

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What are the roots of cruelty at work?-David Yamada

Here is a site to follow-lots of critical information linked to bullying in the workplace. Check out David Yamada’s latest blog at https://newworkplace.wordpress.com/2018/03/21/what-are-the-roots-of-cruelty-at-work/

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Yet another study links workplace bullying to suicides. When is enough enough?

When will bullying in the workplace get on the news? Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill is something to pay attention too. Hopefully they will be the first ones in the country to have a bill in place to protect workers.

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Tired woman in the officeWe reported earlier this year that a Norwegian study revealed that bullied targets are twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts than those who were never bullied. Pioneer Heinz Leymann estimated that 10 percent of those bullied take their lives, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI).

Researchers defined bullying as harassment, badgering, and freezing out that:

  • Occurred repeatedly over a period of time.
  • Involved two parties in which one had a higher ranking than the other.

It happens so often that there’s now a term for it. “Bullycide” happens when the cause of suicide is attributable to the victim having been bullied.

Now researchers in Australia report similar findings. In June 2016, Australian researchers determined that workplace bullying or harassment was associated with 1.54 greater odds of suicide ideation.


How workplace bullying can lead any of us to suicide (“bullycide”)

Findings show that none of us have a thick enough skin to be exempt from the…

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In the news

Great information and resources being shared by David Yamada. Please stay tuned to the situations around bullying and sexual harassments in the workplace. It affects everyone.

Minding the Workplace

It has been a year of prominent news stories related to the workplace, especially the avalanche of accounts concerning sexual harassment. Here are many of the 2017 news stories in which I’ve been quoted or where my work has been discussed:

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Urgent: hold employers accountable for bullying employees

The organization has to be accountable and liable for bullying in the workplace. Why aren’t they and why isn’t there a law in place to protect the victims and witnesses? It has not impacted them enough in the pocket or not enough have died. Check out this blog from Massachusetts healthy workplace bill called: Urgent: hold employers accountable for bullying employees

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OrangeGoalWith only eight months left in the two-year legislative session and more retailers and business organizations opposing the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill, Senate Bill 1013 (an act against workplace bullying and mobbing), we need to act quickly.

Your action is vital to progress the bill. Here’s how it works: Legislators want to act based on what their own constituents want so they can get re-elected and keep working for you. Telling them what you want and their taking action matters for both your empowerment and your future vote. And the more of us who contact our legislators asking them to write to Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development Paul Brodeur, the more urgency the committee will feel to move the bill to the Senate. We need as many people as possible to make this urgency happen.

We thank those who’ve setup meetings with your state legislators to tell them…

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New study says teachers experience workplace bullying more than 3x as often as other workers

Massachusetts Healthy Workplace Bill posted that a new study says teachers experience workplace bullying more than 3x as often as other workers! This will be an interesting read. Keep up to date with the Massachusetts efforts on passing a workplace bullying bill.

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“Educators experience workplace bullying at a much higher rate — more that three times as high — than other workers,” say researchers in the newly published 2017 Educator Quality of Work Life Survey, released by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the Badass Teachers Association. This year, 830 AFT members, educators in two New York school districts “where educator unions have built strong collaborative labor-management practices on the quality of their work life,” and an additional 4,000 educators responded to their 30-question survey.

Most educators surveyed reported that their schools have workplace harassment policies prohibiting bullying, yet bullying still happens at a high frequency. Stress from workplace bullying is compounded by large workloads, feelings of having to be “always on,” a lack of resources, changing expectations, deficient building conditions, equipment and staff shortages, and insufficient time to prepare and collaborate with colleagues — in other words, limited feelings of respect, control, and…

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Ending sexual harassment at work means ending workplace bullying, says today’s LA Times

Wow the news is on overload! How do we keep up? It’s tough but we need to know what is going on with bullying and how it impacts the workplace along with the individuals. Bullying is a long lasting with deep impacts to individuals victims and witnesses. Check out this most recent one discussing sexual harassment. https://mahealthyworkplace.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/ending-sexual-harassment-at-work-means-ending-workplace-bullying-says-todays-la-times/

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For the first time since the Harvey Weinstein scandal became public, a major publication made the connection between sexual harassment and workplace bullying, even noting the workplace anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill and its author David Yamada.

This article’s a big deal.

In today’s LA Times article “To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying,” Reporter David Lieberman says:

Legislators can do more to address the problem. They can make workplace bullying illegal. Too many corporate leaders find it expedient to look the other way when bosses — especially ones they deem indispensable — systematically intimidate and humiliate underlings. Bullies who believe that their whims matter more than other people’s dignity often don’t see why their sexual impulses shouldn’t be just as indulged.

Lieberman adds:

Abused employees would be able to go to court if states or Congress adopted laws like the Healthy Workplace Bill, proposed by Suffolk University…

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